One of my favorite lines from a worship song…

One of my favorite lines in a church song is from “Your Grace is Enough.”  There’s a line where everyone sings “you wrestle with the sinners heart.”  I’ve always thought that it was weird to think of God wrestling.  Like in the passage where Jacob has the dream and wrestles with God in the middle of the night and subdues him.  I’ve always thought that was a difficult passage.  How did Jacob beat God in a wrestling match?
The only way I can understand it is this: when I was a kid my dad would wrestle with me in the basement of our house and sometimes he would let us win.  It was the kind of wrestling between boys and men that brings them closer together.  What brings men together more than anything is joining in a cause, or competing to win.  When a dad wrestles with his boys, he is giving them permission to join in a larger cause, a competition … he is inviting them to truly be boys.  He is giving them permission to use their strength.
I think that God let Jacob win, but who won that wrestling match between Jacob and God is besides the point. 
The bigger point is that God wrestles with people, and that very fact that a God who could obliterate…completely wipe out those people if he wanted to, chooses to allow his sons to wrestle with him is not only an act of mercy, but a rite of passage in the Christians journey.  There’s an inherent closeness that comes from having entered into contest with someone and coming out of it intact.
When he could simply wipe humanity off the face of the earth…
…he wrestles with the sinners heart…
When he could end it all with a word from his mouth…
…he wrestles with the sinners heart…
When his justice could overpower all evil in a moment…
…he wrestles with the sinners heart…
When you think that he has given up on you, remember…
…he wrestles with the sinners heart…

Sometimes it hurts.  Sometimes we walk away scarred, wounded, limping, but if we keep walking on with tilted halos and keep accepting his invitations to get into the ring with him that pain will turn out to be only a small first chapter to a glorious and fruitful life. 

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5 thoughts on “One of my favorite lines from a worship song…

  1. Omg that was so touching… it really got me thinking hard about my life at the moment and that no matter what I do wrong, God will still be here no matter what 🙂

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